Inflatable fabric canopy with intergrated lighting

Written by in Challenging Installations, Inflatable PVC, Tensile Fabric Architecture

With a long standing history of solving even the most complex problems the Architen Landrell team are excited to be working on the brand new art project for Channel 4s Big 4!


The 4 shaped sculpture sits outside their Horseferry Road Headquarters in London and is revamped each year by an up and coming new artist. This years competition winner is  fashion and textile graduate Hannah Gourlay who has designed Time to Breathe a visual, aural and sensory installation!


Hannahs design sees the Big 4 gently breathe, inhaling and exhaling at a relaxing pace and illuminated at night with a wash of gentle colours. Architen Landrell are working with Hannah and engineers Atelier One to achieve this vision.


About the design development, project manager Josie Britton comments, ‘To achieve Hannahs vision there was a lot which needed to be considered – Architen Landrell tested various fabrics from around the world and designed for a variety of applications in order to find a material which could stretch and contract without distorting, while remaining waterproof and transluscent. In the end we settled with a polyurethane coated Nylon material supplied by Dartex Coatings Limited.


Josie continues, modern pattering techniques have greatly helped us to design and manufacture the fabric envelope for the complex shapes formed by the steelwork. However, precise knowledge of the angles and positions and a bit of lateral thinking will be required during the installation period as adjustments will be required on site. As a result, a highly experienced and well briefed site team will work on the site to ensure a successful installation.


On site at the moment, were looking forward to seeing the finished installation in all its glory! Watch this space for further details!


Author: Architen Landrell

For over 30 years, Architen has been at the forefront of the tensile fabric industry.

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